West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra on Sunday accused Union Home Secretary Amit Shah of providing false information about the center’s disbursement of funds to the state during the a political rally and challenged it for a debate.
He said the state government had received Rs 1.13 lakh crore from the center over the past six years, which is “nothing more than a third of what the Union Minister asserted”.
Mr Shah, during his recent visit to West Bengal for the poll, reportedly said the center had provided 3.59 lakh crore to the state.
“He gave false, misleading and politically motivated information. The center, as part of the federal structure, collects state and stock taxes. We had only received Rs 1.13 lakh crore over the years. Last 6 years (FY14 to FY20), “Mr. Mitra told reporters.
Referring to his estimate, Mr Mitra said the center could have collected around Rs 5 lakh crore over those years in the form of direct and indirect taxes from West Bengal and sent only Rs 1.13 lakh crore through central systems.
Mr Mitra said the government of West Bengal spent Rs 3.1 lakh crore over those six years on different projects, which are fully state funded except for expenses such as salaries, pensions and other administrative expenses.